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malachite - the peacock stone


malachite, pearl & garnet torsade

compositioncopper hydroxycarbonate
name sourcefrom the Greek mal�khe, meaning "rose-mallow" or "hollyhock" because the color and lobed shape of leaves of the plant resembles the color and pattern of the mineral
other accepted namesSilver Peak jade, green copper
historical aliasespeacock stone
folkloric aliases"stone of great fortune and wealth," "the midwife's stone"
color banded light and dark green designs
color sourcecopper
significant sourcesmainly the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) and Russia (Urals)
MOH scale3.5 - 4
care and treatmentWash in warm soapy water with a gentle soap but don't leave in water. Due to its low hardness, malachite is sensitive to heat, acids, ammonia, and hot water.